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Let's Go to Saturn! by SMPritchard Let's Go to Saturn! by SMPritchard
Constructed in low-Earth orbit, this ship is part of the first mission to send a human crew to Saturn's enigmatic moon Titan. It's propulsion system is an advanced Z-pinch fusion reactor that will push it out towards the ringed planet in just under a year of travel time. The crew will live and work in the rotating torus as the ship cruises through deep space. The only part left to attach is the large Titan Surface Habitat and Lander module, which the crew will live in and work out of on the surface of Titan
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longibando Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Hi. In only 3 emails, I'd give you the concept inputs, from the book. Very few paragraphs. You'd do the rest, given your knowlegde on engineering.
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longibando Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
It's beautiful. Would you design a ship for me? It's also about a ship to Titan, but the concept come from a book. 
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SMPritchard Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure! Message me with the details and we can work something out.
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francisdrakex Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
I wonder if it might be preferable to have the whole ship rotating around its longitudinal axis, rather than to spin the art-grav ring alone. If the whole ship spins, no rotating joint is required.
I imagine this joint could make problems during long duration exposure to vacuum, radiation and friction. To compensate for the residual friction an electric drive at the hub is necessary, othewise the whole ship would slowly start spinning over time.
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
I'm game...
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Very nice image. The lighting and overall atmosphere is spot on!
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SMPritchard Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ickman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Nice. Have you been getting ideas from Kerbal Space Program? If not, you should take a look at it. :)
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SMPritchard Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen it before, but I haven't really drawn much of my inspiration from it. Most of my inspiration comes from NASA concepts, drawings and diagrams from hard SF novels and websites, and sometimes other works of art here on DA.
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Daniel-St Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
but for what are the balls for?

like why so weird design decision ? in space you only need an engine .. there is no air or pressure to harm the ship..
you can add more rooms , more cargo , more skin to the ship..

since the ship will never land on earth you can do what ever you want as long as you have enough man power and money ..
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